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Private information isn’t so private

June 14th, 2013 // 1:10 am @

Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish included a reader’s comments about the surprise and seeming outrage about NSA data collection programs. The commentary focuses on the Millennial Generation (previously called Generation Y) – a demographic made up of people born between the 1980s and the early 2000s. The question is whether the Millennials care about government data […]

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US spying on its own citizens?

June 10th, 2013 // 7:23 pm @

Last week, following a leak, the US federal government confirmed that it collects data originating overseas and within the USA. Now the source of the information has been confirmed as Edward Snowden, at his request. The New York Times does a great job at comparing the two surveillance programs. Of course, Snowden is likely to join Daniel […]

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Random testing probably doesn’t deter drug use – study

June 7th, 2013 // 8:11 pm @

The possible suspension of several key MLB players as a result of the possible use of performance enhancing drugs is stupid. Studies have shown that random drug testing does not deter performance enhancing drug use – a study that looked a performance enhancing drug use in high school had the same result – testing was […]

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Book reviews – say something nice or don’t say anything

June 2nd, 2013 // 7:20 pm @

It was recently revealed that the Los Angeles Review of Books has a ‘policy’ of providing positive reviews for books written by first time authors (see the picture at the end of this post). Specifically the ‘policy’ is – say something nice, or don’t say anything at all. An argument questions this approach saying, if […]

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Artist Freaks Out over Criticism?

May 29th, 2013 // 12:35 am @

An artist presents her work to her class – demonstrating her joy of having created the painting in a gesture that seems intimate to me: She touches the painting a few times throughout her presentation – a gesture that is rare with regards to paintings – you are not supposed to touch them. But the […]

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Old books, new art

May 28th, 2013 // 8:01 pm @

Artist Justin Rowe transforms old books into works of art. Here is just one of his many creations – called The Kraken: The Kraken’s tentacles seem to be cut out from the underlying pages – the artist said he printed the word Kraken on the pages that made up the tentacles to make them more […]

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Google Big Brother?

May 13th, 2013 // 6:14 pm @

A lot of people comment that Google collects a lot of data about its users. Location. Search history. Contents of email (via GMail), social interactions, etc. People say all of this data erodes their privacy since Google will be able to correlate all of your data and figure out a lot about you – often […]

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Novella Glue on Twitter

May 10th, 2013 // 2:40 am @

Steven Soderbergh, an American film producer, screenwriter, and director, known for Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and Oceans Eleven, is reportedly tweeting a pulp fiction novella. The novel, so far, is about something called #&%# – which is something “everyone wanted but nobody had it” – featuring characters like D, M, and S. The novella has been […]

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10 things Americans might now know about America

May 10th, 2013 // 12:46 am @

A nice post over at Thought Catalog lists some interesting facts Americans might not know about their own country. The writer, an American, says he has gained perspective as a result of living outside of the USA for a number of years. Here’s the money quote… You often don’t see what’s messed up about your […]

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Low Flying, Random Stuff

May 9th, 2013 // 2:59 pm @

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